Andes Super in fracking flip-flop?


By Pauline Liu
The controversial subject of hydraulic fracturing or “fracking” took center stage at the monthly Andes Town Board meeting and people heard Supervisor Marty Donnelly discuss how he couldn’t support fracking.

After he was done, some members of the audience added their own comments. A few of them demanded that the town board conduct a public meeting, so that the community could reach some kind of consensus on the issue. While some tempers flared after the meeting, for the most part, cool heads prevailed during discussion of this hot-button issue. 

Mariah Ruff is Gym Rat All Star

By John Bernhardt
A record field of over 2,200 girls playing on 200 basketball teams from 14 states and Canada gathered in Albany last weekend to take part in the Gym Rat Challenge.
Former Andes player Mariah Ruff was named as one of 39 Gym Rat All-Stars in the tournament. Ruff, a former junior high girls’ varsity standout at Andes Central School transferred this past year to Oneonta where she was an all-star freshman point guard for the Section IV Class B champions. Ruff’s Catskill Mountain AAU team advanced to the championship round of the tournament.

High school commencements time to reflect and look ahead

By Pauline Liu
Graduation time is an annual rite of summer that’s generally accompanied by warm weather and barbecues. So it was with much anticipation that commencement ceremonies were held last weekend for the classes of 2011 at Andes, Margaretville and Roxbury central schools.
Twelve seniors graduated from Andes on Friday, June 24 at 7 p.m. The graduates were Joshua Bonifacic, Nathan Eagle, Peter Fabrykiewicz, Travis Fairbairn, Thomas Falco, Gabrielle Harp, Isabella Mincarelli, Eric Reed, Cameron Roberts, Gina Tait, Kayla Weaver, and Ian Wright.

Reception for "Featuring All" this Saturday at Chace


Andes — Chace-Randall Gallery presents “Featuring All,” a group exhibition by the gallery’s permanently exhibiting artists. The show will hang from June 24 to July 31. In the spirit of “Featuring All,” the gallery will be serving refreshments all day Saturday, June 25.

ACS names top grads


Andes Central School has announced the valedictorian and salutatorian for the Class of 2011.
Gina Tait, the daughter of Dale and Judith Tait of Andes has been named the valedictorian. Gina has been very active in all aspects of student life at ACS. She is a tri-sport athlete, playing soccer in the fall, basketball in the winter and softball in the spring.

NBDC adds new ATM in Andes


The National Bank of Delaware County has added another ATM to its fleet of machines in the county.
The hamlet of Andes now has a drive-up ATM, which is located on the right side of the NBDC office on Main Street, and offers the full gamut of ATM services, including withdrawals, deposits and transfers, among other transactions.

“We’re pleased to have gotten this done,” commented NBDC President Patrick Galloway. “We’ll also be placing an ATM in Franklin later this year, and updating or replacing our existing machines in Walton, Stamford and Roxbury.”

Aerial photo exhibit in Andes


Andes — Delaware County towns and villages may be viewed from the air in a special exhibit that will open on Saturday, June 4 at The Hunting Tavern Museum on Main Street in Andes. There will be an opening day reception from 2-4 p.m., but the exhibit may be viewed as soon as the museum opens at 10 a.m.

The exhibit, entitled, “Delaware County Air and Space,” is by Corneel Verlaan of Bovina, who will be present for the reception. Situated in the museum’s first floor meeting room, it will be in place until July 29.

Craft beer fest this Saturday


Andes — This Saturday from 2 to 7 p.m., outside in the “Summer Shack,” celebrate some of America’s best craft beers at the Andes Hotel’s 3rd Annual American Craft Beer Fest.

Eric Reed advances in tennis sectionals

By John Bernhardt
Andes senior tennis ace Eric Reed advanced in the Section IC Class C/D bracket, winning in semifinal competition last Wednesday at SUNY Delhi to advance in a crossover competition that took place yesterday in Binghamton. The results of Reed’s tournament play on Tuesday could not be reached before the News deadline, and will be reported in next week’s edition.

The Section IV tennis brackets differ from those found in other team sports. Mirroring the bracket system used in the state finals, there is no Class D bracket in Section IV play.

ACS students named to honor roll


Andes Central School has announced its third quarter Honor Rolls for the 2010-11 school year.

Earning places on the Superintendent’s List, with averages of 94.5 percent or better, were senior Gina Tait; juniors Matthew Armstrong, Sage Beemer and Ashley Terry; sophomore Tristin Tait; eighth-graders Torin Bacon and Cassandra Storey, seventh-grader Allison Long and sixth graders Serena Bacon, Noah Dougherty and Winifred Consigny-Richards.

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